5 steps for safer scaffolding

On Behalf of | Aug 17, 2022 | Workplace Injuries

Scaffolding is extremely dangerous to work on because it puts you at a great height. If you are on it and fall, you could be badly injured. If items fall from the scaffolding, then people below you could be injured, too.

There are some excellent tips that can help prevent scaffolding injuries, though. For example, planking the whole scaffold makes it simpler to stay safe and keep tools with you, since there is a larger work area.

Staying safe is the priority, so here are five tips to use when you use scaffolding.

  1. Never go over the weight limit

Scaffolding will have a weight limit. You should never put more weight on the scaffold than it says it can handle. Remember to add your weight to the weight of your tools, and consider any additional pressures that may be on the scaffold, too.

  1. Link yourself to the scaffolding

To prevent or arrest falls, it’s important to have safety equipment on to tether you to the scaffolding. Wear this on your belt. Alternatively, you could have it anchored off the scaffolding in case the scaffolding were to collapse. Tether your tools, too.

  1. Learn to use a three-point grip

Whenever you get onto scaffolding, you should use a three-point grip. Use a three-point grip, such as two feet and one hand on the scaffolding, whenever you’re climbing up or down.

  1. Avoid scaffolding jobs when it’s windy

If you can, it’s a good idea to avoid scaffolding jobs when it is windy outside. If the scaffolding can’t be anchored, you shouldn’t be there in heavy winds.

  1. Always check your scaffolding before you start work

Whenever there is a shift change or you get on or off the scaffolding, check it. Performing regular maintenance and looking for signs of wear and tear could help you prevent accidents from happening.

These are five safety tips to keep in mind if you’ll be using scaffolding. Remember, if you fall, you may be able to pursue a workers’ compensation claim against your employer and get the money you need to pay for your medical care and financial losses.